Fire-up Your AV -- Android Virus' on the Loose

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by UrbanBounca, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. UrbanBounca

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    Nasty Android Trojan found grafted to gaming apps - USATODAY.com
     
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    Fear mongering

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    Yup, Thats all it is...

    If you pay attention to where you get your apps from, You'll be fine....

    Common Sense people.....
     
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    if you're visiting a chinese website, downloading an apk and installing it on your phone, you deserve a trojan.

    linux is not immune to viruses, but you would almost have to want to be infected in order to get one on your phone.

    sorry, i will not be running to install Lookout because of this haha
     
  5. UrbanBounca

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    I believe the bigger picture that people need to see is that Android is not virus free, and we need to quit claiming that it is.

    If it can make it's way onto a Chinese app, why couldn't it make it's way to an English app?
     
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    If people are claiming it's virus free they're wrong...anything that connects to the internet can get a virus.

    the point is the way that linux/android is set up you'd have to explicitly give the virus permission to execute on your system, install it yourself and let it do its work.

    linux doesn't allow auto execution of files, nor can someone be infected unless they're running as root.

    so again, if you visit a chinese website, download this app, grant permissions to this apk to install itself on your phone, then you deserve the trojan
     
  7. hookbill

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    Very nicely explained. But this would be the first virus I've seen. I still wouldn't load antivirus on my D2 it's a resource hog.
     
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    They have had a couple of linux viruses back in the day, which were patched immediately. First android virus I've seen yes, but still an AV is unneeded as I'm sure it would do more harm (resource hogging) then good...
     
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    Hmmm I guess I will have to stay away from Chinese websites from now on:huh:
     
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    Who is claiming that Android is virus free?
    You can write a virus for any OS if you have the time although some are harder to write for than others.

    Also if your getting your apps from chinese sites and such, not the ones available in the market you are at a higher risk of getting a virus.
    Use common sense. Check the privileges that apps want to have access to and don't download something your unfamiliar with or from an unfamiliar website.

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    Big deal, Everything Comes from China now! LOL! Not scared.
     
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    Go figureā€¦*but yes, no OS is virus free. Don't get why people want to write malicious code.
     
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